‘I’ll fight him now if I could find his b**** a**’: Nate Diaz rages after Khamzat Chimaev fails to make weight for UFC 279 by SEVEN POUNDS as Dana White shakes the pack and Tony Ferguson gets this far step in
- Nate Diaz Called Khamzat Chimaev A ‘Little Leaguer’ For Not Putting On Weight
- It means Diaz now faces Tony Ferguson in what should be his last UFC fight
- UFC chief Dana White was happy with the move, even if it was a late move
Nate Diaz has vowed never to fight ‘minor leaguer’ Khamzat Chimaev in the octagon after the welterweight missed his seven-pound weight limit for UFC 279.
Chimaev’s failure to gain weight forced UFC supremo Dana White to shuffle his cards and Diaz will now face Tony Ferguson at the top.
For Diaz, the latest twist is another twist in a rocky week after Thursday’s pre-scheduled press conference was canceled following a backstage battle between key card fighters.
Nate Diaz will fight Tony Ferguson after Khamzat Chimaev failed to put on weight for UFC 279
Diaz (left) and Ferguson (right) pictured facing each other on Friday, the day before their fight
Diaz told the UFC channel late Friday: “I will never fight him here (Khamzat Chimaev in the Octagon), but I will fight him now if I could find his b****. a**.
“This man is a small player, mate. Straightforward, minor leaguer who plays in the major leagues. He finally didn’t belong.’
Diaz recently told ESPN that he did not want to fight Chimaev and that he had not even asked to host the fight.
“I’m the champion of the entire UFC,” Diaz said. “And what they’re making me do now is they act like I called up to this fight that I didn’t ask for and didn’t want and didn’t want and still don’t want to. But I don’t care, I fight with everyone.’
The resulting fight with Ferguson is the last on Diaz’s contract before leaving the UFC, and White says the showdown is something fans have always wanted.
Chimaev failed to weigh seven pounds prior to his fight against Diaz
“Nate Diaz and Tony, the fans have been wanting to see these forever,” White said. “It’s going to happen now before Nate leaves the UFC. It couldn’t have turned out better.
“It’s no coincidence that we stack guys of the same weight on the same card in case something goes wrong. It worked.
“It can be a little hard sometimes to get these guys to agree to different fights. We got it all done. We’re locked up.’